A lawsuit has been filed in Cook County for the wrongful death of a woman killed in an automobile accident. The lawsuit, filed by the woman’s husband, alleges that the driver of the vehicle that caused the death was negligent because he was driving while drunk. The driver was also killed in the accident. The lawsuit further names the owners of the club where the driver was drinking before the accident. The suit is seeking damages in excess of $50,000.
In this case, the woman was killed in an accident that occurred in December, 2014. She and her husband were passengers in an SUV driven by another man. The driver was allegedly drunk and speeding. The negligent driving caused a serious accident in which both the driver and the claimant’s wife were killed. The claimant was injured in the accident. The lawsuit claims that the deceased driver was negligent by driving a motor vehicle while intoxicated. The lawsuit also names the owners of the club where the man was over-served, according to documents.
When a death occurs due to the negligence of someone else, the spouse or other relative may be entitled to money for damages. Negligence means that the person responsible for the accident was doing something that was unsafe or that a reasonable person would not do. In this case, the driver was supposedly driving while intoxicated, which put him and his passengers in danger. Drunk driving is a negligent act. Because the driver in this accident died from his injuries, the lawsuit names the man’s estate as liable for the claimant’s damages. The estate could be required to make restitution should the driver be found liable and negligent in the wrongful death.
Club owners and bartenders are supposed to be careful when serving their customers alcoholic drinks. When someone is obviously too drunk to drive, that person should no longer be served. Many establishments have a system in place to provide ride service to those who are over the legal alcohol limit. In Illinois, it is illegal to drive is one’s blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08% or higher. This lawsuit alleges that the owners of the club were negligent and thus liable for the resulting deaths and injuries.
When someone is seriously injured or has died because of another party’s negligent actions, his or her family and loved ones are often devastated. There are often financial burdens caused by the accident, such as the cost of a funeral. The victim’s surviving relatives are left to live without benefit of having their loved one with them. If you have lost a loved one to another party’s negligence, contact the skilled legal team at Michael T. Friedman & Associates, PC for a consultation with one of the experienced wrongful death attorneys at our firm.
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